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About the Work
The title is borrowed from a ci pai, a set pattern of ci, which is a traditional form of Chinese poetry. One of the most famous poets writing ci is Su Shi (1037 - 1101), several of whose poems carry the same title as this work. One of them depicts a night of full moon but with clouds covering it most of the time - a feeling of incompleteness and solitude grabs the poet's heart. By opposing dark and luminous sonorities, this piece paints the scene and expresses a similar melancholy. Duration: ca. 5'30".
Clarinet and piano; Piano Score: 9 pages, spiral bound; Clarinet Part: 2 pages, single sheet.
About the Composer
SHING Chun-hay identifies creativity with its power to inspire new perception, whether of music, of art, or of life. His works, often embodying his reflections and literary inspirations, have been premiered and performed in Hong Kong and abroad by eminent musicians including pianist Mary Wu, violinist Ho Hong-ying, cellist Timothy Frank, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Chinese Music Virtuosi and Trio de TST. His music has received broadcast by RadioCEMAT (Italy) and Radio 4 (Fine Music Channel) of Radio Television Hong Kong.
Shing is the champion of Hong Kong Composers Guild's annual composition competition New Generation 2015 and a winner of David Gwilt Composition Prize. His works have been featured in music festivals and conference, such as Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), Risuonanze 2015 (Italy), Singapore Asian Composers Festival and Intercultural Music (USA).
Shing holds a Master of Arts in Music degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied composition with Professor Wendy Lee. He began composing as a junior secondary student and composition has remained one of his main musical interests since then.
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Duo Alea, the father-daughter duo of Michael and Kimberly Davenport, began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As performers searching for new repertoire and teachers working with students eager to develop as performers, it quickly became clear that there was a need for more repertoire featuring the bass clarinet. Filling this need became the mission of Alea Publishing & Recording.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Alea catalog has now grown to include over 300 titles. We pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our sheet music, as well as our ability to ship directly to customers around the world.
We are proud of the diversity of our catalog in terms of the inclusion of works by composers and arrangers from around the world. We are interested in continuing to expand this diversity, representing musical ideas from around the world.
Following Michael's passing in 2019, Kim has taken over solo management of Alea Publishing. In 2020, Alea established the Dolphy Prize, an annual composition award for new works for bass clarinet by black composers.
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